Helmut Recknagel, Olympic gold medallist from East Germany, won the sixth international ski-jumping competition at Oberstdorf, Germany, Feb 26.
Helmut Recknagel, Olympic gold medallist from East Germany, won the sixth international ski-jumping competition at Oberstdorf, Germany, Feb 26. Second was Otto Leodolter of Austria, and Wolfgang Happle, a young West German newcomer, was third.
Recknagel twice jumped 132 metres, while Leodolter's best was 122 metres, a length also jumped by Happle, who just bent the 121 metres jumped by 19-year old Siogbert Muench of East Germany.
On the final day of the four-day annual event, 40,000 spectators watched as the thirty finalists sped down the take-off ramp at speeds of up to sixty-eight miles an hour before soaring out into space. Judged for style as well as length of jump, each seemed more graceful then the previous competitor.
Each finalist had three jumps, from which they were awarded a points aggregate. In the preliminary rounds, the Yugoslav jumper, Jose Slibar, had created a sensational new world record jump of 141 metres. Wolfgang Happle followed this with a jump of 145 metres, but fell as he landed.